Volvo hopes to eliminate all fatalities in their cars by 2020
California residents may take innovative safety features like seat belts and airbags for granted. Volvo plans to incorporate these features and others into a 'death-proof" car model by 2020. These safety features include a series of sensors and radar technology to monitor road and traffic conditions and to control vehicles when danger is sensed using anti-lock braking, traction-control and stability-control systems. The Swedish company has an impressive automotive safety track record, and the carmaker says that it aims to eliminate all fatalities in their cars and SUVs by 2020.
The company believes that its goal could be achieved by developing self-driving cars and equipping their conventional vehicles with the latest crash-avoidance systems. Volvo have been working on autonomous vehicle technology for some time as self-driving cars are seen by road safety experts as the only realistic way of reducing car accidents caused by human recklessness and error. Google and Tesla are also said to be readying self-driving vehicles for the market.
Widespread acceptance of autonomous vehicles may still be several years away. Nonetheless, Volvo believes that such vehicles will be the safest option for consumers.
Until the day arrives when self-driving cars make motor vehicle accidents a thing of the past, personal injury attorneys will be called upon to initiate litigation on behalf of road users who suffer property damage or serious injuries due to the negligent behavior of motorists. Reckless actions such as drinking and driving or texting while driving can have catastrophic consequences, and drivers may face both civil and criminal sanctions when their negligent behavior causes injury to others.
Source: Extreme Tech, 'Volvo Says It Will Make 'Death-Proof' Cars by 2020," Ryan Whitwam, Jan. 20, 2016